michael gallucci

CULTURE JAMMING — JUNE 17

In Uncategorized on 06/17/2009 at 1:30 am

TOP PICK

Punch-Out!!

(Nintendo)

This boxing videogame series has been around forever, but it’s never been as good or as fun as it is for the Wii. Grab your remote and Nunchuk and pound away on a bunch of opponents. The single-person career mode is involving (I especially like knocking out the French fighter, who spills baguettes as he falls), but the multiplayer kicks major ass.


TV

Destroy Build Destroy

(Cartoon)

I’m still perplexed by Cartoon Network’s new slate of live-action shows, but I like them (especially BrainRush, in which contestants answer questions while riding roller coasters), even if they’re not, you know, cartoons. Best is this explosives-heavy series (which premieres at 8:30 p.m. Saturday) hosted by rocker Andrew W.K. Teams build things, then blow ’em up real good.


VIDEO

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

(MGM)

One of the best movies ever made finally comes to Blu-ray in a disc that makes you taste the grit in Sergio Leone’s dusty landscape. It’s the extended cut of the film that came out on DVD a few years ago, so that’s cool. It also includes most of that set’s extras, including the deleted scenes. Ennio Morricone’s famous soundtrack has never sounded better either.


DVD

The Jetsons: Season 2, Volume 1

(Warner)

The 21 cartoons on this three-disc set aren’t the 1960s classics (there were only 24 original episodes, and they’re already available on DVD). These toons were made in the ’80s and aren’t as bad as you think. While they still cling to the Flintstones in Outer Space concept, ’80s-era references update the jokes for the post-space age.


VIDEOGAME

Terminator Salvation – The Videogame

(Warner Bros. Interactive/Equity/Evolved)

The movie kinda sucks. But that’s not the robots’ fault (you can blame Christian “I’m Whispering, Now I’m Screaming!” Bale). Thankfully, this game (for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC) keeps it all about the robots. As John Connor, you’re armed with enough big-ass weapons to take out skyscraper-sized baddies. Come on! –Michael Gallucci

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